University of Missouri: MU professor says Google v. Oracle case leaves fair use ‘muddy’

University of Missouri: MU professor says Google v. Oracle case leaves fair use ‘muddy’. “After more than a decade of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2021 that Google did not violate copyright laws by including 11,500 lines of code from Java (which is owned by Oracle) in its own Android operating system. It was the first time the court updated fair use precedents since 1994 and one of the few cases specifically addressing how these laws intersect with software development. Now, new research from Gary Myers, Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law, is urging another look at the consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision. He said the ruling could introduce uncertainty when deciding how new software can build on what came before.”

Associated Press: Judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start program

Associated Press: Judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start program. “A Louisiana federal judge has ruled that President Joe Biden cannot require teachers in the Head Start early education program to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision hands a victory to 24 states that had sued the federal government. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty wrote Saturday that the Biden administration unlawfully bypassed Congress when ordering that workers in Head Start programs be vaccinated by Jan. 31.”

Irish Legal News: Law students create database of Irish court decisions

Irish Legal News: Law students create database of Irish court decisions. “The Irish Legal Information Initiative (IRLII) database includes keywords to help busy practitioners identify the cases most useful to them. IRLII was originally founded by Professor John Mee in 2001 as part of UCC School of Law’s commitment to the Free Access to the Law Movement (FALM) and in association with the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII).”

Techdirt: Appeals Court Makes The Right Call Regarding Non-Commercial Creative Commons Licenses

Techdirt: Appeals Court Makes The Right Call Regarding Non-Commercial Creative Commons Licenses. “We’ve pointed out for years that there’s always been some level of confusion about the boundaries of the ‘non-commercial’ tag on a Creative Commons license. There are lots of things that are kind of fuzzy about it. Does it mean you just can’t sell the work? Or does it mean you can’t even use it on a website if that website has ads on it?”

Ubergizmo: US Federal Court Rules That Suspicionless Phone Searches At The Border Is Illegal

Ubergizmo: US Federal Court Rules That Suspicionless Phone Searches At The Border Is Illegal. “As some of you might have heard, it seems that people wanting to get a visa to the US will need to hand over social media information. In some cases, some visitors to the US have even had their phones and electronic devices searched at the border, which some believe is a violation of a person’s privacy.”

Library of Congress: Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online

Library of Congress: Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online. “More than 225 years of Supreme Court decisions acquired by the Library of Congress are now publicly available online – free to access in a page image format for the first time. The Library has made available more than 35,000 cases that were published in the printed bound editions of United States Reports (U.S. Reports). United States Reports is a series of bound case reporters that are the official reports of decisions for the United States Supreme Court dating to the court’s first decision in 1791 and to earlier courts that preceded the Supreme Court in the colonial era. The Library’s new online collection offers access to individual cases published in volumes 1-542 of the bound edition. This collection of Supreme Court cases is fully searchable. Filters allow users to narrow their searches by date, name of the justice authoring the […]